Up for Debate: Vanderbilt's dining staff workers

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 12:02am

How do you feel regarding the plight of some Vanderbilt University workers that they should be compensated for during the summer break?

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95 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 9:04

Exactly Ben. Should have been the ''Nashville Titans.''

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 9:05

There's nothing attached to Nashville that hasn't already been used or doesn't sound completely idiotic.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:06

The Buffalo Bills is a great example of what you are talking about, Ben. The Toronto Bills, or the Milwaukee Bills, for example, does not have a cache to it.....as a kid, I sent in the suggested name for the nascent AFC team: The Buffalo Chips.....not even an honorable mention for the young wordsmith....no respect, I tell ya.

Asscats are whiny pests here too, Slack.....lots of 'em claim to be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...others suffer from Fibromyalgia......or permanent erections.

By: govskeptic on 4/30/12 at 9:07

No time for Kitchen worker issues, it's those pesky Christian
organizations seeking to act accordingly that are this year's
top problem and priority to deal with and vacate from the premises!

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:10

I t has the words, "Hell", "supernatural" and "metaphysical"...but no "verily"...no "Thous"...no "Thees".....no "hast"....no "wherefore"....it's a UU hymn, Slack.....we had to keep it snobbish and uppity, of course.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:13

Gov...your 9:07....we have found common ground?

By: Melstruck on 4/30/12 at 9:15

If you read the article, these employees are not eligible for unemployement - "State statute says employees of educational institutions who do not work between academic years are not entitled to unemployment compensation as long as there’s “reasonable assurance” the individual will be retained for the next year"

By: Melstruck on 4/30/12 at 9:15

If you read the article, these employees are not eligible for unemployement - "State statute says employees of educational institutions who do not work between academic years are not entitled to unemployment compensation as long as there’s “reasonable assurance” the individual will be retained for the next year"

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:15

OK, Slack, here goes....."An exploited, unemployed, university-kitchen-worker saunters into a gay piano bar......"

By: Melstruck on 4/30/12 at 9:15

Sorry for the double post...

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:20

Those university-kitchen-wokers should pack up and move ti the Empires State....workers in that category do qualify for unemployment benefits during the summer lay-off in New York.

NY is a worker-friendly state. Tennessee, on the other hand, is a business-friendly state. That's the basic difference between a blue state and a red state.

Blue states work for the people...red states work for the one-percenters.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:21

That's OK, Mel, nobody here is human.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 9:41

Sock it to us, lone one.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:44

This is another Protest Monday.....gotta man the signage in Albion again....I'll have to leave the board a little early today. My DJ-5 Postal Jeep is back on the road! Talk about your perfect hippie-protester-moblie....yeah, baby, she's got it.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 9:45

Ben...are you requesting that I cut-paste the lyrics to my UU Hymn?

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 9:50

That's good about the unemployment. It's not designed for planned seasonal type work but I was afraid they were exploiting the system. I would guess the EIC holds true... as well as subsidized housing, food stamps and stuff.

Is the writer's point that we should arbitrarily raise everyone's salaries without regard to the market and demand? That would seem pretty Pollyannish to me.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 9:51

yes sir

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 10:05

gdiafante.........I made a different career choice. I do not have to dig a ditch or pick-up garbage or do janitorial work. All of these jobs are held by productive Americans. There very well could be some of them that would rather be a seasonal food service worker at Vanderbilt than one of the careers I mentioned.

The political climate in this country is such that one can only paint with a "broad brush" or risk adverse affects.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 10:20

OK, Ben Dover...you asked for it:

I’m just a hominid on a mudball.

I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
I’m just going with the flow.
I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
I’m just going with the flow.
When it comes to the supernatural,
What in the hell do I know?

I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
I’m just going with the flow.
I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
I’m just going with the flow.
When it comes to the metaphysical,
What in the hell do I know?

I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
Going ‘round a yellow sun.
I’m just a hominid on a mudball.
Going ‘round a yellow sun.
What is my earthly mission?
It simply is to have fun.

We’re all just hominids on a mudball.
Going ‘round a yellow sun.
We’re all just hominids on a mudball.
Going ‘round a yellow sun.
What is our earthly mission?
It simply is to have fun.

By James E. Knight…2012...All rights reserved.

The tune is in E minor...but with an uptempo beat...a "feel good song"...a "give yourself a break" sort of a tune.

When I introduced the piece, before performing it, I went ahead and defined "metaphysical" ...metaphysics is that branch of philosophy that deals with existence and knowledge.

The congregation simply loved it...I think it may be a UU hit?

What do you think, Ben?

BTW: I just outed my real name...that's a faith-based move right there.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 10:37

Raspy, my point is that I doubt many chose that as a career. Unfortunately though, many get that career in a society that doesn't value education.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 10:38

Hmmmm..... the hymn post was posted when it was 4:20 in Casablanca...and it was post #69.....talk about our earthly mission, oh yeah.....coincidence, or supernatural intervention?
(Cue: Twilight Zone theme...)

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 10:41

A hominid walks into a gay piano bar and order's up a mudball... neat.

By: Kosh III on 4/30/12 at 10:45

Nashville Nestorians

Seattle Shakers

Minneapolis Monophysites

Columbus Cathars

Philadelphia Pelagians

Denver Donatists

Cincinatti Circumcelliums

Memphis Montanists

Pittsburgh Paptripassianists

Boston Bogomils

Louisville Lollards

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 10:47

LOL, Ben.

BTW, do you or anyone else remembrer when the term "pne-percenter" meant the one percent of bikers who were of the criminal variety.?..the Hells Angels and their copycat gangs used to have a "1%" patch on their colors.....as I recall.

Funny, how the language evolves.

By: brrrrk on 4/30/12 at 10:47

Rasputin72 said

"I could have put 50% of those charitable contributions to a use that would have benefited a far more worthy cause than the support of the "underclass" Underclass meaning those that are satisfied with a lifestyle of of meaningless existence. In many cases the underclass has wrought so much pain to the productive class."

Elitist much? What gives you the right to look down your nose at what others do for a living? I've got news for you buddy, there are a lot of things that NEED to be done in this country, and a lot of those things require dirty (maybe meaningless by your standard) work. That doesn't give you the right to judge them as less deserving of respect.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 10:47

I like the tune Loner... kind-of an ode to Woodstock thing I guess.

What if one finds contemplation of the meaning of life fun?

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 11:01

Hadn't heard the 1% biker thing but my experience with bikers is that they have huge hearts. We've got this great biker bar here on the south side of Nashville called Bikini Beach. I try to make it out for Steak Night on Wednesdays when I can. Lot of War Vets... definite pro-America labor sense there. I sneak in and out so they don't see me driving my Honda CRV. Can't wait to take my F150 up there so I can get into a debate about which car is better like one of the family rather than seeming like a traitor to them. They do like the fact that I 'fixed' my Miata by stuffing a Ford V8 between the wheel-wells.

As for outlaw bikers my knowledge is mostly limited to the Sons of Anarchy.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 11:01

Thank you, Ben for the feedback....I was in the US Army when Woodstock happened....missed it.

I did write the tune on the inside of a cereal box...no stationary with me. I wrote it while alone, on "the blue bus"....a converted school bus that was converted into a mobile food vending vehicle....it once followed the Dead...they did it by selling pancakes in the parking lots, to pay for gas and for meager wages for the 4-man crew.....it now rests at Brushwood...still runs...makes an annual pass around the camp roadway....an awesome place to write a tune....the positive Karma in that bus is palpable....if that bus could only talk.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 11:01

Having fun, is not acceptable anymore in our society. As long as one person is miserable, we all should be. It's only fair, level the misery field.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 11:04

Depends on your definition of fun, slacker. My kids think fun is playing in a sandbox. My wife thinks fun is shopping. I think fun is when the kids are outside playing, the wife is shopping and I'm watching the game.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 11:04

Kosh...just now read your 10:45 post...Bravo! Excellent work...excellent.

The Post-Rapture League?

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 11:05

Ben, as I recall, to reach the rank of ''1%''.. you had to murder someone.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 11:16

"Having fun".....when I introduced the tune...just after the sermon, followed by the benediction and postlude, (conclusion)...I said that anyone who did not believe in "responsible hedonism" need not join in....that softened up the already pliant group...we all had fun in the co-creation & "world premiere" of the tune....we sang a virgin hymn...that's something special, IMO...we may have to do more of that.

Of course, the best part of any performance, IMO, is when it's over and the pressure is off...we musicians do it, because it feels so good when we stop?

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 11:20

I heard that too, Slack...the one-percenters today are killing folks too....but they don't sew "1 %" insignia patches on their business suits....like the originals did.

I agree, Ben, most bikers are good people.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 11:24

Ben, you might read Hunter Thompson's ''Hell Angels''. It will give you a lot of insight on the bikers in the 60's.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 11:26

Kosh...I thought "metaphysical" was stretching the envelope...I'm still laughing at your team names...it has sent me Googling....for knowledge.

That's heavy metaphysics and supernatural stuff, Kosh...gotta put my tin foil skullcap on again.......NO wait! When I tried that last time (reading a troll post) I got political and verbal vertigo...no more of that sh*t, thank you....tin foil bad....very bad.

By: Kosh III on 4/30/12 at 12:19

Loner

Glad you enjoyed the list. They are all authentic heresies; some are still quite popular such as "Patripassianist" though those who adhere to this are generally
unaware of the background and probably can't even pronounce the word.....

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 12:33

I've always had a soft spot for bikers since seeing red-necks kill them in the wild at the end of Easy Rider.

I'll build me a 'Captain America' one day... just for the hell of it.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 12:57

Good work, kids...I gotta run now....gotta Occupy Albion...later!

By: brrrrk on 4/30/12 at 1:09

Kosh III said

"Glad you enjoyed the list. They are all authentic heresies; some are still quite popular such as "Patripassianist" though those who adhere to this are generally
unaware of the background and probably can't even pronounce the word....."

If you ever find something like a Pastrami-ist, count me in.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/12 at 1:10

How about;

Tar and Feathers for a name for a Hockey team, made up of church going fanatics.

By: yogiman on 4/30/12 at 2:14

To change the subject...as is done daily, think about Barack Obama as your President.

In 1952 President HarryTruman established one day a year as a National Day of Prayer.

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan designated the 1st Thursday in May of each year as the National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007, then presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama declared the USA was "no longer a Christian Nation" under the ruse of "not wanting to offend anyone." But on September 25, 2009 from 4AM through 7PM, a national day of prayer for the Muslim religion was held on the Capital hill beside the White House. There were 50,000 Muslims in DC that day. Barack Obama prayed with the Muslims.

Apparently the Christians obviously don't count as "anyone" by the Obama congregation any more.

Curious? Go to www.islamoncapitolhill.com

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 2:42

Happy protesting loner.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 4:38

brrrk........I don't look down on anyone making a productive effort of any kind. When I mention underclass and meaningless existence I am talking about those that subsist on welfare alone, illigitimate children,drugs, crime and whine.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 4:38

brrrk........I don't look down on anyone making a productive effort of any kind. When I mention underclass and meaningless existence I am talking about those that subsist on welfare alone, illigitimate children,drugs, crime and whine.